Tinctures can come in a glass bottle with a dropper or from your grandmothers cupboard, stored way in the back, in an old rum bottle, for lord knows how long, lol, to be taken with a teaspoon. It is made with a high percentage of alcohol. Because of this, they’re one of the best methods of consumption for exact dosing.
The alcohol helps extract the cannabinoids, like THC and terpenes, from the rest of the material of the cannabis plant. Cannabis tinctures work best with 90% pure alcohol . Manufacturers must decarboxylate the cannabis using time and heat to make sure they activate all the ingredients. If they don’t, the medicine’s effects won’t be a potent as they could be.
The two main catalysts for decarboxylation to occur are heat and time. Drying and curing cannabis over time will cause a partial decarboxylation to occur. This is why some cannabis flowers also test for a presence of small amounts of THC along with THCA. Smoking and vaporizing will instantaneously decarboxylate cannabinoids due to the extremely high temperatures present, making them instantly available for absorption through inhalation.
While decarboxylated cannabinoids in vapor form can be easily absorbed in our lungs, tinctures require these cannabinoids present in order for our bodies to absorb them throughout digestion. Heating cannabinoids at a lower temperature over time allows us to decarboxylate the cannabinoids while preserving the integrity of the material we use so that we may infuse it into what we consume.
You consume tinctures orally. You can use tinctures in various ways, such as:
- Infuse them in just about any meal you desire
Even though tinctures are quite convenient, they’re not talked about a whole lot yet. This is surprising — before prohibition, tinctures were the most common type of medical cannabis in the U.S.
Our forefathers and mothers made medical cannabis tinctures by soaking the plant’s flowers in alcohol and allowing the alcohol and cannabis to infuse. They sometimes used hash, kief and leaf trim instead of flowers. Dark bottles or storage in a dark place helped to preserve the tincture longer, since the sunlight was being blocked out.
You take most tinctures sublingually, which means you place a few drops under your tongue. With sublingual consumption, the blood vessels lining your mouth absorb the cannabinoids, leading to a quick onset of effects.
You can also ingest tinctures orally by mixing a few drops in your food or swallowing them. When consuming tinctures orally, your gastrointestinal tract and stomach need to absorb the cannabinoids, and it takes a lot longer to get into your bloodstream that way.
Tinctures might contain THC either in its non-active form (THCA) or active form (THC), depending on whether or not the cannabis is decarboxylated first.
Sublingually ingested cannabis tinctures are ideal for those who are worried about the potential health risks of smoking the herb. It’s also a beneficial method to take marijuana for those who have asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, since no smoke enters the lungs.
Tinctures are also well suited for those who are older, too sick, or too young to smoke or vape the herb properly. They allow individuals of all ages to benefit from the cannabis plant and what it has to offer.
In order for Barbadians to produce cultural holistic home cannabis remedies, they must be allowed access to the plant. For this reason the African Heritage Foundation continues to advocate for the allowance of small home garden cultivation and community based cannabis centers where a wide range of cannabis information would be available to the public along with parts of the plant or ready made bi-products such as Tinctures.
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Information gathered from MARIJUANA DOCTORS A NEW KIND OF HEALTHCARE and Leafy.
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